After saying he'd love to reprise his role as Valentine McKee from the original Tremors earlier this year, it looks like it's happening! Kevin Bacon is currently developing a TV series reboot of the popular sci-fi horror franchise for the small screen. It will be the second time Tremors has been turned into a TV show. But it will be the first time that Kevin Bacon has returned to the series in any capacity following the debut of the original cult hit in 1990.
Kevin Bacon isn't just going to star on the show. He's also executive producing. Blumhouse Productions is teaming up with Universal Cable Productions for this weekly episodic adventure series. It will be based on the original story, which finds two ranch hands battling giant killer worms. So far, the franchise has spawned 5 movies, the latest of which, titled Tremors 5: Bloodlines, debuted this summer. That movie's star, Michael Gross, who is the only actor to appear in every iteration of the saga, also starred in a short lived Syfy series based on his character Burt Gummer. It only survived through 13 episodes before being canceled. All of the movies, except the original, have been direct-to-video projects. It isn't known at this time if Burt Gummer will return, but we can't imagine that he'd be left out.
Andrew Miller, best known for his work on the 2011 series The Secret Circle, is writing this small screen adaptation. He is returning the story to the fictional Nevada desert town of Perfection, where all the action in the first movie took place. The announcement doesn't come as too much of a surprise. This is what Kevin Bacon had to say about returning to this universe in a previous interview.
"I'd love to do something else with Tremors and revisit the character 25 years later. Part of what's great about that movie is there are next to no digital effects. The monsters are done with puppetry, and it's still off, funny and scary - it's a cool accomplishment."
Tremors is currently being shopped to various different networks by UCP and Blumhouse. There are apparently a number of different bidders for the project. Syfy, who aired the original Tremors TV show seems like a natural place to land. But it's possible that the horror series could wind up on a pay cable channel, just like this fall's Ash Vs. Evil Dead. That revival of the horror film series is enjoying quite a lot of success, and isn't hampered by basic cable restrictions. Though, the Tremors series has never relied too heavily on harsh language and gore. What do you think? Are you excited to see Valentine McKee return?